As a teenager, this reviewer enjoyed a zombie movie or two like everyone else, but the fascination with this genre soon wore off at a more mature age. Of course, we still enjoy a good slots game, no matter what genre it may be, and we won’t let our personal preferences cloud our judgment in this review in any way. Wild Walker is actually very well done on the surface, as there is a dense apocalyptic atmosphere that is only enhanced by the burning, destroyed city in the background and the animated zombie wilderness that constantly roams the reels.
The game is played on 5 reels, 3 rows and 25 fixed ways to win, and you can place bets between 25p and £125 on mobile, tablet and PC. There’s no jump scare in Wild Walker slot, in case you were wondering, but the high volatility might put off some casual players. We can promise you a long walk through dangerous territory before you get to the bonus round lab you’re looking for. Of course, this is just our experience from our 200-spins test session, and you may have more beginner’s luck than we do.
The constantly moving, fully stacked animated zombie wild seems impressive as it lands on every spin. However, when the novelty wears off, you quickly realize that the base game would be pretty much the same without it. Bigger wins rarely happen here anyway, and your best hope is to unlock up to 4 additional reels of extended zombie wilds during the bonus round. However, this is not so easy as you will run out of spins pretty quickly here. Anyway, Wild Waker is a clever addition to the undead genre, and we’re sure that zombie fans will appreciate it more than we do.
What are the bonus features?
The base game contains only one feature, which is the Expanded Walking Wild feature. The Walking Wild is a fully expanded 1×3 zombie that uses all regular symbols to form winning combinations.
However, it cannot intervene for the bonus symbols, but the wild zombie is always present. It takes on a randomly selected role for each spin, and if you land more wilds next to it, you’ll get a payout of either 1,2x or 6x (for 3 or 4 in a row).
Free Spins in Wild Walker
The free spins bonus round is progressive in Wild Walker slot and this means that you can unlock more benefits. If you land 3 or 4 of the skull in a gas mask scattered anywhere on the same spin, you will get 8 free spins. This will start you off in either the first or second bonus round, depending on how many scatters you landed.
You will first see a cutscene where a horde of zombies roam the apocalyptic landscape, and then you will be taken to a lab with an expanded reel set. There are now 3 additional reels that you can unlock. If you unlock all of them, you will get a total of 8 reels. The free spins bonus round has 4 levels and each reel you unlock gives you additional extended zombie wilds as follows:
- Level 1 (3 scatters) – gives you 1 fully expanded roaming wild.
- Level 2 (4 scatters and 6 active reels) – gives you 1 sticky extended zombie wild on the first reel and 1 extended roaming wild.
- Level 3 (7 active reels) – gives you 2 sticky extended wilds on reels 1 and 2 and 1 extended roaming wild.
- Level 4 (8 active reels) – gives you 3 sticky extended wilds on reels 1, 2 and 3 and 1 extended roaming wild.
You collect scatters during the feature and need 3 scatters to unlock a new level. You will also receive 2 additional free spins when you unlock a new level. Once all levels are unlocked, you will still receive 2 additional spins for every 3 scatters you collect. There is no cap on the number of free spins you can get with this feature.
The Pragmatic Play game interface is very “pragmatic” indeed, as it is “one size fits all”. The semi-transparent bar can fit into any game without too much intervention. In this part of the review, we will guide you through everything you need to know about playing Wild Walker slot.
You can get started by setting up the game to your liking using the hamburger menu on the bottom left. The game settings allow you to enable the Fast Play options, which will increase the speed of your spins. You can also use the battery saving mode when you are playing on the go, without the possibility of charging it soon. You can also turn the game’s FX sound and music on and off separately. An option we always think is a good idea for developers.
To take a closer look at the paytable, you need to press the “i” icon on the bottom left. The paytable is dynamic, as usual from Pragmatic, and this means that it will update according to your chosen bet level. Here there are 4-character premium symbols, and they pay 20 to 4.8 times your bet, with the mad scientist being the symbol with the highest value.
There are also 2 mid-level symbols, namely a test tube and a needle gun, and then you have the regular royal symbols of low value. Note that these are base game values, where 3 to 5 matching symbols from left to right on a payline will produce winners. If you open all 8 reels during the bonus round, you can land payouts of up to 400 times your bet on a single payline here.
With the plus and minus symbols, you can adjust your bet between 25 pence and £125 per spin. This is a solid enough betting range for most players. If you don’t want to spin the reels manually, you can set up the autoplay feature with 10 to 100 autospins. That’s really it, you’re now good and ready to take on the undead and save the world from their plague.
The 200 Spins Wild Walker Experience
The animated background in this game is very convincing and you really feel like you are part of a zombie apocalypse, as seen in countless movies and TV series. This reviewer is not really a big fan of the undead genre, be it in slots or movies, but a well-made game from Pragmatic is always something we look forward to testing either way.
Volatility is high, as it is in many of Pragmatic’s games. That’s why we decided to play it safe and go with a moderate bet of $2.5 per spin. You can watch the highlights in the video, and we will do our best to describe our experience with this game in the following sections.
Our session started with a lot of dead spins (or should we say “undead spins”), and the wavering zombie in the extended wild stared at us with its white, dead eyes from various positions to no avail. Finally, the long-haired redneck zombie became somewhat useful and gave us a few minor wins.
We were eager to get the bonus round going soon, as it felt like a small eternity running through this dystopian nightmare of a base game. We understand that this is a game of high volatility, Pragmatic, but please throw us a bone with a little meat on it every now and then. Finally, after a lengthy test, the third scatter we needed landed on reel 4.
The brian-hungry zombies stumbled across the screen and we now had 8 free spins to look forward to. The roaming zombie wild kept jumping around on the reels, but we collected very little win. When the last spin came, our only hope was for the third scatter to land, unlocking reel 6 and bringing us 2 much needed extra spins.
Our prayers were answered and a doctor zombie was revealed as the new extended roaming wild, while good old boy was stuck on reel 1. However, our final two spins yielded only smaller payouts, and overall we won 21.68 times our bet from the free spins session. Not exactly a massive haul, but far bigger wins are possible for those with the stamina and stomach for it.
Audiovisually, the Wild Walker slot is designed with a video game-level presentation, and you really feel like you’ve walked through a movie screen and landed in the middle of a zombie apocalypse as you spun the reels here. The walking extended zombie you get with each spin seems crazy at first, but you quickly realize how ineffective it is. It will jump from reel to reel as you play, but very rarely does it actually contribute to significant wins.
Therefore, the entire base game feature seems somewhat meaningless, although it does visually add to the zombie movie vibe. The bonus round, so to speak, can bring a lot more action, but you’ll have to be lucky enough to unlock some extra reels pretty early on to really benefit from it here. The 4,900x potential is good enough for a very volatile game, and zombie fans will probably enjoy Wild Walker a lot more than those who are lukewarm about the genre, like we are.
1×3 zombie runs wild on every spin
Bonus round with additional levels of wild reels to unlock
High volatility and 4,900x maximum win potential
The zombie theme is not for everyone
Look out for customizable RTP ranges
Wild Walker Slot FAQs
What is the payout percentage of Wild Walker slot?
The standard return to player in this game is 96.55%. This is slightly above the industry average, but you need to be aware that Pragmatic games come with adjustable RTP values. This means that casinos can adjust the payout percentage downwards. Available RTP values are 96.55%, 95.49% and 94.53%.
How volatile is Wild Walker slot?
This is certainly a game with high volatility, and we had many dead spins (no pun intended) in our 200-spins test session before finally triggering the bonus round.
What is the biggest possible win in the Wild Walker slot?
You can win up to 4,900 times your bet on Wild Walker slot, which is a decent potential for this kind of volatility. Play with the highest possible bet of €125 per spin and you can pocket up to €612,500 in this zombie apocalypse.
Is there a free spins mode in the Wild Walker slot?
Yes, and it comes with 4 levels. You can unlock 3 additional reels by collecting scatters, and this will also unlock 3 different fully expanded zombie wilds. However, there will only be 1 zombie wild running around on the reels at a time, as the other expanded wilds become sticky from reel 1.
How many ways to win are there in Wild Walker slot?
Wild Walker offers 25 ways to win, and these are fixed paylines that cannot be adjusted.
Can I play Wild Walker slot for free?
As a matter of fact, you can. You can try Wild Walker slot for free at the very top of this page via the demo game (UK players need to check their age first).